• Short Summary

    A threatened diplomatic rupture between Britain the Iceland was averted after a last-minute conciliatory gesture by Britain, which announced it was withdrawing its three frigate and three defence tugs from the disputed 50-mile (80 kilometre) fishing area off Iceland by Wednesday (3rd October).

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    A threatened diplomatic rupture between Britain the Iceland was averted after a last-minute conciliatory gesture by Britain, which announced it was withdrawing its three frigate and three defence tugs from the disputed 50-mile (80 kilometre) fishing area off Iceland by Wednesday (3rd October).

    But in response to Britain's suggestion that it trawlers should be left alone by Icelandic gunboats, Prime Minister Olafur Johannesson said the Icelandic fish law would continue to be enforced and if British warships returned, relations would be broken. Britain has threatened to send in its warships again if there is further harassment.

    The Icelandic Government had earlier said it would break off diplomatic relations at midnight on Tuesday (2 October) if British naval ships did not leave the area.

    British Ambassador in Reykjavik, John McKenzie, personally delivered the note of the new British move to Prime Minister Johannesson. In response, the Icelandic Prime Minister announced that relations would continue as before, and he had accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Edward Heath to come to London for talks.

    In London, Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home denied that the British move was a surrender to Icelandic threats to close down the NATO base on the island.

    SYNOPSIS: New developments in the "Cod War" dispute between Britain and Iceland. Iceland had given Britain until midnight on Tuesday to withdraw its naval vessels or face the severing of diplomatic relations. At the British Embassy in Reykjavik, Ambassador John McKenzie was making last-minute plans for what might be his last day as Ambassador. In the morning he set out to deliver a note to the Icelandic Prime Minister to try and avert the breaking of relations. The note contained Britain's announcement that it would withdraw its naval vessels by Wednesday...At the Icelandic Embassy in London, as in Reykjavik, the gesture was welcomed. Although, Iceland would not agree to Britain's call that its trawlers not be harassed by Icelandic gunboats...Britain's Foreign Secretary, Alec Douglas-Home, was asked whether this was a surrender to Icelandic demands.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA73GPSVCZ6INVBCOPHBD2WQ8H0
    Media URN:
    VLVA73GPSVCZ6INVBCOPHBD2WQ8H0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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